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Looking for a Great Sandwich to Eat on a Flight Home

curiousgeo Aug 12, 2009 01:04 PM

My family and I will be flying out of SFO on a late Sunday afternoon. I thought we could pack some sandwiches to eat on our flight. We'll be staying in the Union Square area, but can walk as far as North Beach, the Ferry Building or SOMA if necessary.

I'm hoping to find good hero/hoagie sandwiches, something that will hold for 4 or more hours, with great cold cuts, cheese, veggies on crusty bread. A Yelp search turned up Sammy's Smoke and Snacks, Giordano Brothers and Mario's Bohemian Cafe, but I was wondering about any other recommendations Chowhounders may have. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: curiousgeo Aug 12, 2009 01:13 PM

    They're best warm, but bánh mì from Saigon Sandwich are good plane food. My favorite is the roast pork and pate combo. "Fanci pork" is relatively boring. The roast chicken is good, too.

    Personally, though, I'd probably get tandoori items to go from Naan N Curry.

    336 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    Saigon Sandwich Shop
    560 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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      ML8000 RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 12, 2009 01:53 PM

      Besides Boccalone in the Ferry Building there's also Lulu Petite. Given they're in the same place you have a choice. The roast chicken is very good.

      There's also Ted's Market in SOMA, great sandwiches and daily specials (like roast pork) but it might be a better weekday pick...big cop hang out, 40 people in line at lunch, line moves very fast, inexpensive. Old fashion Italian deli, no frills. They close early on Sunday.

      Lulu Petite
      One Ferry, Building San Francisco, CA 94101

      Ted's Market & Deli
      1530 Howard St, San Francisco, CA

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        Robert Lauriston RE: ML8000 Aug 12, 2009 01:58 PM

        I'm impressed that Ted's is still going. I bought sandwiches there when I lived around the corner in the early 70s.

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          ML8000 RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 12, 2009 06:04 PM

          Yup they're still around. I happened upon them last year having parked right in front and needing food. I hadn't been in at least 12 years. It was still the same, perhaps literally. Huge lunch business.

    2. wolfe RE: curiousgeo Aug 12, 2009 01:19 PM

      I doubt a Giordano sandwich with French fries and cole slaw will taste as good 4 hours old as when it is just made. Molinari's cold cut sandwiches should work, especially with a little roasted red pepper to keep it moist.

      Molinari Delicatessen
      373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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        Jeff RE: wolfe Aug 12, 2009 02:04 PM

        Check to make sure Molinari is open on Sunday.

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          monku RE: Jeff Aug 12, 2009 06:00 PM

          Moliari Delicatessen is closed Sundays.
          373 Columbus Ave
          San Francisco, CA 94133
          (415) 421-2337

      2. farmersdaughter RE: curiousgeo Aug 12, 2009 01:39 PM

        Boccalone in the Ferry Building makes nice sandwiches, and there is a new place called Il Cane Rosso which apparently does as well. Acme Bread at the Ferry Building also has sandwiches. Any would be great plane food, in addition to a sandwich from Molinari or Mario's in North Beach or Mastrelli in the Ferry Building (an Italian deli related to Molinari).

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          curiousgeo RE: curiousgeo Aug 12, 2009 01:53 PM

          Thanks for the replies so far. Unfortunately I found both Molinari's and Mastrelli's are closed on Sunday when I did my initial Yelp search.

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            wolfe RE: curiousgeo Aug 12, 2009 02:47 PM

            Miller's East coast Deli is about a mile away and is open on Sunday.

            Miller's East Coast Deli
            1725 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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              rworange RE: wolfe Aug 12, 2009 06:08 PM

              No. Millers is really meh. A second thumbs down on Giordano as travel-worthy

              I'd head to the Ferry Building where you have a choice of those mentioned plus the opportunity to pick up snacks for one stop shopping.

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            curiousgeo RE: curiousgeo Aug 12, 2009 05:54 PM

            Boccalone, Ted's Market and Miller's Deli all look promising and are open on Sunday. I know that Mario's Bohemian Cafe is known for their meatball sandwiches, do they serve cold cuts as well?

            Thanks for all your help, I appreciate everyone's suggestions.

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              wolfe RE: curiousgeo Aug 12, 2009 06:00 PM


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                Robert Lauriston RE: curiousgeo Aug 12, 2009 06:27 PM

                I would not recommend Mario's sandwiches for travel.

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                baseballfan RE: curiousgeo Aug 12, 2009 09:07 PM

                If you find that the options don't work out, I have gotten some pretty good sandwiches for travel at the Boudin Bakery in the United terminal. While the ingredients are not nearly as interesting as most of the recs here, they are fresh. The sandwiches are made to order and a good fallback if something goes awry and you find yourself at the airport sans sandwiches.

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                  bbulkow RE: baseballfan Aug 13, 2009 09:11 AM

                  I think max's is in the south terminal, post security, and they do a booming pastrami business.

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